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No restaurant better exemplifies the changing face of the Taylor Street neighborhood than 3-month-old Urban Union. Taylor Street, the city's de facto Little Italy (no disrespect meant toward the Heart of Italy enclave at 24th and Oakley), has been a...
Tags: CLTV News, Greektown, Italy, Salt, Chicago Tribune Columnists
Here's something you may not know about Open Table, the predominant online restaurant reservations system: When you book a table through the Open Table website, the restaurant is charged $1 per seated guest — so if you show up as a foursome, that'...
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
Five years ago, I wrote that chef Stephanie Izard had "a fanaticism for balance that a Wallenda might envy." Two years ago, after Izard had emerged victorious in the fourth season of "Top Chef," I joked that she should get out of the restaurant business,...
Eventually, the restaurant team of Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz will open a restaurant that fails to live up to expectations. Mostly because expectations for this everything-touched-turns-golden duo keep rising. How can they not? From Boka to Girl & the Goat...
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
There are so many opportunities here of rare, rich experiences which I need to thank Chef Trotter for. From the housewives, doctors, and others who come to work as guest chefs to famous chefs like Tetsuya, Toque and Alain Ducasse. I've always learned...
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...
As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me. "Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically. "Great pizzas," I said. And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday. This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
Tags: North Pond, Sepia, Dale Levitski, Ria, Blackbird
Valentine's Day is one week away, and as some of you have already discovered, restaurant reservations are going fast. That's the bad news. The good news is that Valentine's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for reservation no-shows. So if the...
Alinea, Chicago's most acclaimed restaurant, has used Open Table in the past to manage — though not take — reservations, but co-owner Nick Kokonas isn't shy about anticipating and working toward the service's demise. Kokonas, partners with...
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